An unfortunate side effect of mass-produced fast food is that some things are added to the food items that shouldn’t be. It really isn’t uncommon for someone to order something from McDonald’s and get the wrong item, or get something that is highly questionable.
A woman in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, bit down into a McDonald’s hamburger last May and got the shock of her life when, instead of chewing through hamburger meat, her teeth bit down on a screw, the U.K. Express reported.
Marlene Brunner, 36, was trying to enjoy a Big Mac when she found the screw. Luckily, she didn’t cut her mouth or break a tooth on the screw, but she was understandably upset.
“When I wanted to eat the burger, I bit into a stainless steel screw about 1 centimeter thick in the burger,” she said, according to the Express “A staff member apologized very clinically and gave me coupons for two Happy Meals, although I don’t have children, two cold drinks and three breakfasts.”
It appears that McDonald’s may end up paying dearly for this incident, as the Austrian Office of the State Government of the Department of Food Control has reportedly filed a criminal complaint over the Big Mac.
This isn’t the only time McDonald’s has gotten into trouble for having screws in its food. The U.K. Metro reported that in May of this year, a family was eating at a McDonald’s in in Falmouth, England, when they found a screw on top of a hamburger they purchased for their 2-year-old son.
The Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado, reported that in 2011, a woman in Denver actually broke her teeth on a screw that she found in her Filet-O-Fish sandwich from McDonald’s.
You would think the workes preparing the food at McDonald’s would know enough to realize that a shiny metal screw isn’t something that should be included in food. Just remember, these are the same people who demand a $15 minimum wage.
This is a disturbing trend. Hopefully, McDonald’s will actually do something to stop pieces of metal from being put into food. Until then, it might be a good idea to check your hamburger.
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